There is only 6 more days to Christmas (actually at the time of posting this there is 5 days 9 hours and 45 minutes till Christmas )
Now I know you didn’t ask for that info… but you did ask for the information that was shared during the sermon yesterday (Wrapping up the Maids) concerning the symbolism in the song “The 12 Days of Christmas.”
So, here you go.
“On the first day of Christmas my true Love (God the Father) gave to me a partridge in a pear tree.” The partridge is Jesus. Christ here is symbolically presented as a partridge because it is the only English bird that would die to protect its young.
Jesus Christ, God’s Son came and took our punishment for our sins by dying on the cross. He gave His life to protect us from Hell.
Why… He loved us so much he couldn’t resist.
On the second day: the two turtledoves, i.e. the ‘twin birds” represent the Old and New Testaments in the Bible. It is these two turtledoves that give us God’s road map for redemption and how to live our lives.
On the third day of Christmas: the three french hens “birds” are the 3 gifts God gives us on a daily bases.
Faith, Hope and Love.
On the forth day we are given four calling “birds” which are the four Gospels in the Bible, the story of the life of Christ.
On the fifth day: the five golden rings represent the first five books of the Old Testament.
Now some say the “five golden rings refer to 5 ring necked birds and not jewelry… but the meaning is still the same.
Then there are six geese a-laying, representing the 6 days of creation.
On the seventh day: the seven swans a swimming – are a picture of the seven gifts of the spirit…
prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading, and compassion.
On the eighth day we are given eight maids a milking.
A woman who milked cows for a living had the lowest and worst Job in England. It is these seven maids that represent the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peace makers and those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness.
Then there are the 9 ladies dancing, which represent the fruit of the spirit…
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.
When you allow God to control your life and live through you, these gifts will touch and impact those who are around you.
On the tenth day of Christmas my true Love (God the Father) gave to me, ten lords leaping.
I guess when the women are happy the men are happy…
really the “10 Lords” are the 10 commandments.
The 11 pipers piping represent the eleven faithful Apostles. and the 12 drummers drumming are the 12 points of the apostle’s creed.
So, there you go…